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SumPhoto Specials

SumPhoto is offering a special discount on all outdoor sessions (families, seniors & Children) which includes all digital images on a CD/DVD for $150 (not including sales tax).  This special is good till December 23, 2009.

The other offer that is going on right now at SumPhoto is a FREE Indoor Children’s, newborn, & Baby Portrait session.  This special is good till Sat December 19, 2009.  The special package deal includes a 1 (8×10), 2 (5×7), 8 (Wallets) for $24.  If you can get 2 other families kids signed up for the same day then you get one FREE package.  After November there is no guarantee that delivery of products can be made before Christmas.  For an additional fee we can put a RUSH order in but this ends a week before Christmas.

Skylar

Skylar is one of my beautiful neices who wanted me to get some pictures of her.  She recently picked out some of her favorites so I thought I’d share them with you.

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100% Cute Kids

Taking pictures is a passion…I love it!  Every session is a learning curve because you never know what will go especially with kids.  These kids are adorable!  Of course I had to get a little creative in order to get the older boy to smile and the younger boy to look at the camera.  Below is a digital scrapbook page I created using a few of the pictures.  I also included a few pictures of each of the kids.

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Digital Scrapbooking…

seems to go perfectly with digital photography.  Both are very addicting and fun.  Photography can be a form of artwork and of course so is digital scrapbooking.  Together they can make a fanastic display to enjoy.

Anyhow I was searching for a specific picture when I can across a scrapbook page that I did for one of my customers.  Of course, it just brought back a flood of memories.  Why?  Well for one thing these sisters was able to have FUN in spite of me taking pictures.  This doesn’t just happen with everyone…many seem to tense up in front of the camera.  So the pictures captured their fun at enjoying each other.

Then, this one sister wanted me to create a digital scrapbook page for her.  She gave me the colors she liked, pictures she selected, and then I worked on creating a page for her.  I loved the challenge and of course it made it sweeter when she LOVED and adored it.  That was SWEET!  Nothing better than making a customer happy.

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Dustin’s Senior Pictures

More senior pictures to share.  We did Dustin’s pictures over at my parents place.   It was fun to finally meet Dustin, for his mother and I work together, so I feel like I know him through his mother.  She is sure proud of him and now I can see why.  Anyhow here is some of the pictures I captured.  If you want to see a video of them then click here.   You can also view all his pictures here (need a password to view them).

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Park County Fair

Recently I had a request for some pictures taken at the Park County Fair.  Anyhow it brought back some wonderful memories of this past summer.  The memories of the time spent with those that share the same interest as I.

In this case it was being owners of goats and parents of children.  Most parents of 4-H children is trying to help their kids to learn the value of something like caring for animals and the responsibilities it goes with it.

I enjoy visiting with the youth and parents that share the goat barn with us.  They are a great group of people in Park County. One of these young ladies happened to be holding and loving her baby goat alot.  It was the sweetest thing to watch the two together.  So naturally I had to take pictures.  So here is some pictures of her with her little baby goat.

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26 Hour Drive

Tragic news always comes unexpectedly!

I got a call early Sunday morning (Sept 27th) from my cousin Dirk telling me that his sister Gail’s son died the night before.  Of course, I was in shock from hearing the news.  How can one take pain away from a loved one?

Well Dirk wanted me to contact my family and let them know.  So I made those calls breaking the sad news to my siblings, etc.

In my heart, I felt I needed to do everything I could to go and support Gail and her family.  Of course, it was so far away, and my situation isn’t such that I could easily go.  But miracles happen,  thank goodness!

My cousins (Gail’s brothers) planned to drive out, and so I asked if I could go and be another driver.  It so happened that it worked out for them as well, because they needed an extra driver (or so they said).

So we left from Cody Wyoming Thursday (Oct 1st) after work 5:30PM and drove straight through to Ann Arbor Michigan.  We ended up taking two cars with 8 people.  My sister even joined us.

We all took turns driving and the others sleeping where they could, stopping only for gas and using that stop for a break, snacks, trading drivers, etc.

One family member was bound and determined to see Chicago, and we certainly did.  Block after block after block, for nearly two hours.  Thank goodness for GPS to get us through that mess.  We took that detour because the freeway was backed up.  (or says this cousin…heee hee).

We arrived in Ann Arbor at about 3:30AM Saturday morning and crashed.  Got up at about 8:00AM and got ready for the day.   We met the other family members, including my brother Doug, who drove up from GA.  Spent a couple hours at Gail’s house, then took off to the funeral home.

Gail asked me to take pictures for her.  So I did.  The memorial service was nice.  I learned so much more about my cousin’s son that I didn’t know.  As I listened, I could identify so many of the Cozzens characteristics. I felt a sadness that I didn’t know him better.

Then we enjoyed a wonderful meal for the family.  We captured more pictures.  We captured those all- important Family pictures.

Then we began our long drive home at about 6:00PM.  This time only one car was leaving because Dirks family decided to stay a bit longer.  So we drove straight home with very little stops along the way.  Traded around all four of us so we were able to drive around the clock.

We got home Sunday (Oct 4th) just in time for my son’s family birthday party around 6:00PM.  His girlfriend and sister made the cake.

In summary, I’m grateful I was able to go to give love and support to my cousin Gail and her family.

My cousin Gail’s daughter wrote this tribute to her brother.  You can read it here.

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Note:  Gail’s family and mine grew up very close, close enough to be like siblings.  Gail was close to my age and we were like sisters as we grew up.

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